Letter: City children delight in wildlife

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Sir: Martha Maher (Letters, 21 June) is very much mistaken in her assumption that city born children never "see or deal with real animals".

In our central Hull garden, children experience the reality of nature - its beauty and its brutality. It's hard to explain to them why some animals kill without need but, at least in the city, we do not have to explain why our friends and neighbours find "joy" in witnessing the agony of death.

Hearing my granddaughter's squeals of delight at her first encounter with squirrels or watching my daughter's successful vigil over two baby thrushes learning to fly before the cats get them, this is real joy Ms Maher.

ANGIE SMITH

Hull

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